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Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

The prevailing long-term cold-storage method, which dates from the 1950s, writes data to pizza-sized reels of magnetic tape. By comparison, ...
Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Viewpoint: ‘A toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is wreaking havoc’ on soil in farms around the world

Nathan Donley, Tari Gunstone | 
Like citizens of an underground city that never sleeps, tens of thousands of subterranean species of invertebrates, nematodes, bacteria and ...
COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here's why that could be a good development

COVID side-effect: Many of us are more interested in brand names of companies that make our medications. Here’s why that could be a good development

Mark Westall | 
In a new survey, my company, M Booth Health, found that a seismic shift has already begun. People are changing ...
COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

COVID is outsmarting our immune systems — and it’s rendering essential monoclonal antibody treatments less effective

Carlos del Rio | 
The use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID gained national and international attention last October, when President Trump ...
Do people with artificial limbs come to see their prostheses as a natural part of the body — or just a tool?

Do people with artificial limbs come to see their prostheses as a natural part of the body — or just a tool?

Gary Stix | 
[How do] humans’ wealth of sensory inputs—including the touch and visual perception involved in manipulating a tool—modify the sense of ...
Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Is the clock ticking for the human race?

Avi Loeb | 
At a recent lecture to Harvard alumni I was asked how long I expect our technological civilization to survive. My ...
Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Emily Willingham | 
We bear a trace of Neandertal legacy in our genome, a bequest from ancestral interbreeding. But some experts argue that, ...
Are trees social beings? They exchange nutrients, help one another, and communicate about pests and other environmental threats

Are trees social beings? They exchange nutrients, help one another, and communicate about pests and other environmental threats

Richard Schiffman | 
Previous ecologists had focused on what happens aboveground, but [Suzanne] Simard used radioactive isotopes of carbon to trace how trees ...
Innovation bottlenecks: Human ‘challenge studies’ that purposefully expose subjects to a virus key to developing effective vaccines and minimizing health and financial risks

Innovation bottlenecks: Human ‘challenge studies’ that purposefully expose subjects to a virus key to developing effective vaccines and minimizing health and financial risks

Nicolas Noulin | 
The most common bottlenecks in vaccine development are cost, risk, safety and time. A vaccine may show promise in a ...
Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn't be more pleased. Here's why

Genetically modified mosquitoes are now hatching in the Florida Keys. Scientists and residents concerned about Zika and other viral diseases couldn’t be more pleased. Here’s why

Donavyn Coffey | 
[M]osquito eggs placed in the Florida Keys are expected to hatch tens of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes, a result ...
Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

Gary Lewandowski | 
There are many reasons why people cheat, and the patterns are more complex than common stereotypes suggest. A fascinating new ...
3-D technology is reinventing paleoanthropology and the reconstruction of fossils

3-D technology is reinventing paleoanthropology and the reconstruction of fossils

Jesse Martin | 
In 2018 a student excavator, Samantha Good, came upon the adult male skull of a Paranthropus robustus, lying upside down, ...
Personalized medicine: ‘Race’ matters when it comes to genetic diseases and hard-wired drug responses

Personalized medicine: ‘Race’ matters when it comes to genetic diseases and hard-wired drug responses

Saba Sile | 
Although race is a social rather than biological construct, there are inherited genetic variations that play a role in drug ...
Viewpoint: Human genetics has a racist history. Here is what needs to be done to clean up the mess

Viewpoint: Human genetics has a racist history. Here is what needs to be done to clean up the mess

Lea Davis | 
Combined with Mendelian determinism, which was wildly popular in the U.S. in the early 20th century, [eugenicist and father of ...
Does estrogen deficiency really exist?

Does estrogen deficiency really exist?

Jerilynn Prior | 
The big problem with estrogen deficiency as a symptom or diagnosis is that it is a catchall term that plays ...
Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Viewpoint: Why the effort to find a ‘biological basis’ for being transgender is misguided and unhelpful

Nat Mulkey | 
The search for a biological cause of transness—also known as “biological essentialism”—may be well-intentioned, but it is a dangerous path ...
AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

AI emulates trained dogs’ ability to detect cancer and other diseases, including COVID-19

Prachi Patel | 
Humans already employ [dogs’] olfactory acuity for contraband and explosives detection. More recently it has also proved uncannily good at ...
Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

Bionic eyes: Generating visual perceptions and hope for those who cannot see

Simon Makin | 
In the 1970s, [biomedical engineer William] Dobelle had shown that electrically stimulating visual brain areas (the visual cortex) caused people ...
The downside of ‘improving’ humanity: How CRISPR could edit out ‘abnormal genes’ — and human diversity

The downside of ‘improving’ humanity: How CRISPR could edit out ‘abnormal genes’ — and human diversity

CRISPR has many functions; one of these is that it can be used to treat disease. Yet the far-reaching, more ...
Is the US underestimating COVID reinfection risks?

Is the US underestimating COVID reinfection risks?

JoNel Aleccia | 
As millions of Americans struggle to recover from covid and millions more scramble for the protection offered by vaccines, U.S ...
'GUYnecology’ and ‘Phallacy’: Two new books take on the ups and downs of male appendages

‘GUYnecology’ and ‘Phallacy’: Two new books take on the ups and downs of male appendages

Rachel Gross | 
It can stretch up to nine times your body length (if you’re a barnacle); be a detachable tentacle covered in ...
Emerging symptoms of COVID: Stuttering, forgetfulness, mania, and even psychosis

Emerging symptoms of COVID: Stuttering, forgetfulness, mania, and even psychosis

Stephani Sutherland | 
An early survey of 153 COVID-19 patients in the U.K. and a more recent preprint study of people hospitalized with ...
‘We don’t know what we don’t know’: Next slate of vaccines might be better at fighting new COVID variations

‘We don’t know what we don’t know’: Next slate of vaccines might be better at fighting new COVID variations

Zoe Cormier | 
Now, a year after the pandemic first erupted, three COVID vaccines have been given emergency authorization by either the U.S ...
Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

Viewpoint: Wishful worries? Fears about the transhumanist, human-enhancement movement are overblown

John Horgan | 
[A] problem arises when pundits concerned about possible social and ethical downsides of a technology exaggerate its technical feasibility. This ...
Believing that aliens have visited our solar system is not just for kooks

Believing that aliens have visited our solar system is not just for kooks

Lee Billings | 
The prolific Harvard University astrophysicist [Avi Loeb] has produced pioneering and provocative research on black holes, gamma-ray bursts, the early ...
Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

Viewpoint: Why we need to require COVID vaccines in high-risk settings such as nursing homes and prisons

Arthur Caplan, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss | 
In long-term care facilities, residents are usually very elderly, and many of them have medical conditions that put them at ...
Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

Acid redux: Here’s how psychedelics are shaping the next generation of antidepressants

Austin Lim | 
As of 2018, nearly one in eight Americans use antidepressants. Unfortunately, more than a third of patients are resistant to ...
Video infographic: Extraordinary 3-D view inside a cancer cell

Video infographic: Extraordinary 3-D view inside a cancer cell

Leslie Nemo | 
Even something as tiny as a cell is thick enough for specialized cameras to examine in detail. In a process ...
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